Many going for healthier foods for Chinese New Year

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysians are resorting to healthier foods now, especially for Chinese New Year.

Ask urban farmer Ruddie Khaw, 57.

Demand for his lettuce has tripled, although it costs more than twice as much as the regular vegetable.

His lettuces are grown using a tightly monitored system within a greenhouse that keeps them free from insects and weather pollution.

“The vegetables are farmed using a hydroponic rack system. I used to harvest about 60kg a week, but this week, I had to harvest about 200kg to cater to market traders who have started ordering since the end of last year.

“My vegetables cost about double to triple the price of the normal ones.

“Demand is high as consumers seek better-quality food now,” he said at his farm in Jalan Kelawai yesterday.

Khaw said he used only natural enzymes instead of insecticides to keep pests away.

“The vegetables are not exposed

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